In a tragic accident, Captain Ankit Gupta, commander of 10 Para Special Forces lost his life after he drowned during a training exercise near Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
Soon after the incident, a video showing a man jumping from a hot air balloon started making rounds on social media. In the video, his rope breaks soon after he jumps. The video is being shared with the claim that it is of Captain Ankit Gupta.
“Captain Ankit Gupta 10 PARA SF lost his life yesterday while practising specialist operation after jumping from helicopter into the Kaylana lake near Jodhpur sat sat namen,” the text on the video read.
Here’s the link to the above post.
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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be fake.
Firstly, we found that Captain Gupta jumped from a helicopter into the Takhat Sagar reservoir near Jodhpur city of Rajasthan on January 7, 2021, as part of the specialist operation exercise and his body was traced on January 12, 2021. However, in the above video, it is evident that the man is jumping from a hot air balloon.
We then extracted the keyframes of the video and ran them through Reverse Image Search and found that the same video was shared on Facebook in December 2020.
After another search, we found that the same video was uploaded by another user in August 2020. We also noticed that the video has a watermark at the bottom left corner, which read: @mysteryparto.
We then searched the page and found that the same video was uploaded on the page on July 17, 2020.
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The above information proves that the video has been in circulation on social media long before Captain Gupta’s tragic end. However, NewsMobile independently couldn’t verify the location of the origin of the video.
Hence, the fact check establishes the video is being shared with a false and misleading claim.
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